race issues in america. this is one hour and 15 minutes. [applause] >> joining us today is melissa harris-perry, previously on the faculties of princeton university and the university of chicago, she is currently professor of political science at tulane university where she is the founding director of the cooper project on race and politics in the south. her belief in the classroom has a critical space for democratic reflection is reflected in the fact that she has taught students from grade school through graduate school. her interest are in the study of african american political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology. perth writing frequently appears in many scholarly journals and newspapers. she also writes a monthly column for "the nation." she is a frequent contributor to msnbc. she is the youngest scholar to dubois the the e.b. did ww.e.b. lecture. she is the youngest woman ever to deliver the where dexter. she is the author of the unborn when the book -- barbershops, bibles, and be e.t. -- everyday talk and black political thought."